Director WILLIAM DEAR won his first of many professional awards
when he was only 20 years old with his short film, "Mr. Gray,"
which he co-wrote and directed. "Mr. Gray" won the Special Jury
Gold Medal Award at the first Atlantic Film Festival. He continued writing
and directing feature films, shorts, rock videos and commercials, many of
which garnered him more awards and recognition for his diverse talents.
His first feature film as co-writer and director, "Timerider, the Adventure
of Lynn Swann" won Grand Prize at the 1984 Santa Fe Film Festival.
Dear's next feature as a co-writer/director, "Harry and the Hendersons,"
received the Genesis Award as Best Comedy Film in 1987 and as the Best Family
Film from the British Video Association.
Dear went on to direct the feature films "If Looks Could Kill"
and "Angels in the Outfield." He co-wrote "The Rocketeer."
Shortly after Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories" television
anthology premiered, Dear directed Spielberg's story "Mummy-Daddy."
The comedy episode later became part of the "Amazing Stories"
movie, a trilogy of stories directed by Dear, Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis.
Dear's work for television includes the pilots for the hit show "Dinosaurs,"
created by Jim Henson, and the medieval action-adventure comedy, "Covington
Dear has also received nine Cleo nominations for commercial work, including
Producer JAMES G. ROBINSON is founder, Chairman and CEO of the Morgan
Creek group of companies. He was recently named Producer of the Year by
the National Association of Theatre Owners.
The Maryland resident built early careers in photography and the automotive
industry before entering the film business in 1984 as producer (with Joe
Roth) of "The Stone Boy," starring Robert Duvall and Glenn Close.
He served next as producer of "Where the River Runs Black" and
"Streets of Gold." The latter film was directed by Roth, his
eventual partner in the founding of Morgan Creek Productions.
Morgan Creek has since become one of Hollywood's leading independent film
entities, with "Young Guns" and "Young Guns II," "Dead
Ringers," "Major League" and Major League II," "Enemies,
A Love Story," the 1991 blockbuster "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,"
"The Crush," "True Romance," the two break-out comedy
hits, "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" and "Ace Ventura: When
Nature Calls," "Two If By Sea" and "Diabolique"
among its list of releases.
Producer IRBY SMITH's list of producing credits includes the films
"Angels in the Outfield," "City Slickers," "Young
Guns II" and "Major League." He was executive producer on
"Rookie of the Year" and co-producer on "Enemies, A Love
Story" and "Young Guns."
Smith served as assistant director on numerous films including "Stand
By Me," "Moon Over Parador," "Blume in Love," "One
Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Summer of '42" and "Brewster
McCloud." Smith began his film career as a DGA trainee on Robert
Altman's theatrical feature, "M*A*S*H."
The numerous educational and industrial films he wrote, produced and directed
for CRM/McGraw Hill Productions earned him several Cine Golden Eagles and
International Film Festival awards.
Following completion of "Wild America," Smith began production
on two feature films: the sequel to "Angels in the Outfield" and
"Pre," the story of runner Steve Prefontaine.
Producer MARK STOUFFER has distinguished himself not only as one
of the world's premiere wildlife documentarians, but also as a writer, producer
and director of outstanding entertainment programming for film and television.
He was director, producer and writer of the theatrical release "Man
Outside," starring Kathleen Quinlan and Bradford Dillman.
Stouffer's television credits include numerous John Denver specials, including
"Music and the Mountains," "The Higher We Fly" and
"Rocky Mountain Reunion." His National Geographic specials as
director/producer include "Tigers of the Snow," "Secrets
of the Wild Panda" and "Braving Alaska"; he also served as
director of "Survivors of the Skeleton Coast." He was also a
contributing director of the PBS series "Marty Stouffer's Wild America"
for 11 years.
Stouffer's dozens of awards include the Western Heritage Award for Outstanding
Factual Television, a Best of Category Gold Medal from the San Francisco
International Film Festival, a Red Ribbon Award from the American Film Festival,
New York, and an award for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking from the
Denver International Film Festival.
Executive producer GARY BARBER is Vice Chairman and Chief Operating
Officer of Morgan Creek Productions as well as President of Morgan Creek
International. He also supervises all Morgan Creek financial, business
and legal affairs, including distribution activities.
Barber has executive produced numerous Morgan Creek films, including "Ace
Ventura: Pet Detective," "Major League II," "True Romance,"
"The Crush," "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "Young
Guns II" and "Pacific Heights." Most recently, he served
as executive producer on the box office hit, "Ace Ventura: When Nature
Calls," starring Jim Carrey, and "Diabolique."
Prior to joining Morgan Creek, Barber was President of Vestron International
Group, responsible for distributing such successful films as "Dirty
Dancing," "The Princess Bride" and Morgan Creek's "Young
Guns" in foreign territories.
Executive Producer STEVE TISCH won the Academy Award for "Forrest
Gump," which received six Oscars including Best Picture.
Since his formation of The Steve Tisch Company in 1986, Tisch has produced
memorable projects for both television and film. Along with "Forrest
Gump," his films include "Soul Man," "Hot to Trot,"
"Big Business," "Heart of Dixie," "Heart Condition,"
"Bad Influence" and "Corrina, Corrina."
At age 22, Tisch became a production executive at Columbia Pictures and
supervised production on films including "The Lords of Flatbush,"
"Tommy" and "The Last Detail."
As an independent producer, his first motion picture was "Outlaw Blues."
He then teamed with Jon Avnet, and together they were involved in television
projects such as "Silence of the Heart," "Something So Right,"
"Prime Suspect," "Homeward Bound" and "No Other
Love." They also produced the television movie and subsequent series,
"Call to Glory." Tisch and Avnet were also responsible for the
acclaimed telvision film, "The Burning Bed," which received 11
Emmy nominations and won numerous other awards.
Tisch/Avnet's feature projects include the sleeper hit, "Risky Business,"
"Deal of the Century" and "Coast to Coast."
Executive producer BILL TODMAN, JR. is head of production for Morgan
Creek Productions. For nine years, he was an independent producer with
credits such as "Married to the Mob" and "Hard to Kill."
Most recently, Todman served as executive producer on Morgan Creek's "Two
If By Sea" and "Diabolique."
Screenwriter DAVID MICHAEL WIEGER has his first produced screenplay
in "Wild America." A veteran of theater, his plays have included
"A Balance of Hunger," "The Gentlemen's Club" and "Cows
and Other American Heroes." His spec script "Ziggy" earned
him a spot at the Sundance Writers Lab. He is currently at work on "Frequent
Flyer" for Disney Television and "Hawaii 5-O," which Steve
Tisch will produce for Hollywood Pictures.
DAVID BURR was Director of Photography on "The Phantom,"
"Race The Sun" and "Those Dear Departed." He worked
as second unit director of photography on "Beyond Rangoon," "Deception"
and "The Mosquito Coast."
Production designer STEVEN JORDAN began as a set decorator and then
as art director before serving as production designer on "Clueless,"
"The Brady Bunch Movie," "Rookie of the Year" and "Untamed
Editor O. NICHOLAS BROWN lists among his film credits "The Phantom,"
"Operation Dumbo Drop," "Free Willy," "Hearts and
Souls," "City Slickers" and "The Accused."
Composer JOEL McNEELY's list of credits includes the recent releases
"Vegas Vacation" and "Flipper." Other titles include
"Terminal Velocity," "Radioland Murders," "Iron
Will," and both "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" and
"Tiny Toons Adventures" for television.